Senior Capstone Course The culmination of the major and minor is the Senior Capstone, which consists of an internship, research project, independent study or thesis. Internships have included work with a variety of public agencies, private companies, and nonprofit organizations. Research and independent study projects have included work on such topics as public lands issues, global climate change impacts, international environmental agreements, solid waste issues, deforestation, interstate water use agreements, corporate ethics, wetland loss, and alternative transportation.
Senior Capstone Experience
Get started by reviewing the following Capstone options:
ENVA A497 Internship (1-3 credits)– this is the course number assigned for a practicum experience that usually involves service learning-type projects or other volunteer work at some community, government, tourism, or non-government organization; however, it is not limited to these organizations. It is expected that students will receive no salary compensation for this work, to avoid conflicts of interest. Students can find their own practicum or contact the ENVA office for a list of practicum locations which they can pursue.
ENVA A498 Independent Research (1-3 credits) – this is the course number assigned for a research experience that involves original ideas developed through data collection or library study. This type of experience is often viewed as traditional scholarship in the broadest sense. A faculty member whose research is related to the student’s may serve as both Project Director and Sponsor.
ENVA A499 Independent Study (1-3 credits) – this is the course number assigned for an independent study experience that involves formal supervised activities providing educational experiences focused on Environmental Studies. A wide latitude of experiences are possible here, so care must be taken in formulating the agreement between student and Project Director to spell out exact requirements for completion of this effort.
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